- Wichita Falls ISD
- Community Insider Winter 2019
It's Always Veterans' Day Somewhere
It’s Always Veterans Day Somewhere
The military mindset never left these veterans, now WFISD employees, who share how the military influenced the way they teach now
Pictured left to right: 8th grade science teacher Amaris Wise, IB MYP Coordinator Tami Davis, 7th grade history teacher Cary Vanarsdall, Hirschi High School At-Risk Coordinator Tyrose Eugene, 8th grade history teacher Richard Ross, 7th grade math teacher Shaun Beasley, librarian Kathleen Roseboom.
Angela Rooney, Booker T. Washington (not pictured)
I'm not active duty any more but I still serve in the Air Force Reserves.
I have over 21 years of service. I've worked with people from all walks of life, cultures, beliefs, and religions. I've been all over the world and seen war-torn locations. I hope these experiences have made me more accepting of people and situations. I understand there is more than one way to the right answer, and I understand there are different leadership styles that work.
I love all kids. No matter where in the world you are, all kids are the same. They love to laugh, play, learn, and their smiles energize you!
Amaris Wise, Kirby Middle School
I enlisted in December of 2007 into the Army National Guard as a medic. I decided to join the military because I was bored with what I was doing and wanted something interesting to get into, which actually is how I met my husband. I was called to duty to help for Hurricane Ike in 2008 and then again in 2009 for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The military has influenced my teaching particularly in the area of classroom management. The students know exactly how I want my class to run. I also find myself using things from my training days. We were always told, “See one, do one, then teach one.” I try using that in my class when I get the chance.
I joined the Marines in May 2001 and left for Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego the day after I graduated high school. Once I got there, I was put in Kilo Company Platoon 3078. When we graduated we thought we knew what it meant to be Marines, and we were eager to prove ourselves, but we had no clue what was to come. I went on leave for a week, and then went on recruiting orders for a week after that to try and pick up rank, and so I could have an extra week at home.
It was September 11, 2001 when I boarded an airplane to go back to Camp Pendleton for combat training. That's when the world turned upside down for not only myself but the entire country. We had stopped in Denver, Colo. and when the plane was taking longer than expected to board and tack off, I asked the desk when they thought we would get in the air. She didn't know what was going on, so I asked one of the other Marines I was traveling with if they'd called to report the delay. None had called, so I called. That is when I was told of the attack on the Twin Towers, and with all of the authority and seriousness of the Marine Corps coming from the other end, I was told to gather my fellow Marines and patrol the airport. At that moment, we had no idea who had attacked us. With all of us being new to the Marines, I don't know what we were looking for other than something that was obvious. But we did what we were told. We were later taken to the Air National Guard base there and told to set up patrols of the base and man the gates.
Once flight operations started back, we finally made it to base a week after our original due date. We could tell that everything was different. The training was more serious and urgent because everyone knew where we were headed.
I spent the rest of my career with that one day in the back of my mind. I served for three years. I served in the War on Terror, which was later named Operation Enduring Freedom. Even though my service was short-lived due to a medical separation, it has been a driving force in my life since. I apply the principles of discipline, hard work, and respect in all aspects of my life, and I teach them to my students.
RD Ross, Kirby Middle School
I was in the United States Army for approximately 21 years. I did two tours at Ft. Hood, TX, one tour at Sheppard Air Force Base, one tour at Camp Casey, Korea, one tour in Germany, one tour at Ft. Campbell, KY, and one tour at Ft. Riley, KS. I was deployed to two combat zones during my military career.
NCOs are always taught that if your soldiers fail, then you have failed. That is the philosophy I live by to this day. In the military, not only was I teaching my soldiers how to repair aircraft, I was also teaching them how to survive in battle. I was trying to ensure that they returned home in the same condition as when they left.
So my students will tell you that I do get upset when I see them taking their free compulsory education for granted in this wonderful country of ours.
Yvette Eipper, CPR Instructor, Hirschi High School (not pictured)
I served in the United States Air Force. I finished tech school at Sheppard AFB to be a Medical Technician and went to Germany for the next five and a half years to a major hospital/trauma center in Wiesbaden. I worked in Med/Surgery, Labor & Delivery, and The ER. It was there that I became an EMT, a CPR instructor, and I taught EMT courses as well as Advanced Cardiac Life Support courses.
I came back to Sheppard to be an Air Force Instructor. I taught Medical Technicians and then went on to teach Basic Medical Readiness, which is wartime medical care as well as Self Aid and Buddy Care. I continue to teach CPR today for WFISD.
My military experience opened up a whole world of real life experiences with CPR, and I felt the need to teach it. I also teach all over the community and for the hospital. I think it's vital for everyone to learn life-saving skills.
Tami Davis, Kirby Middle School
I served in the US Air Force from 1982-2005. Because I had a job that involved a lot of traveling, I served in places too numerous to mention; let's just say all over the world. The military instilled a great deal of leadership ideals in me that I take to the classroom, like setting high expectations, mentoring, fairness, and motivation. I use all of these with my students. Secondly, the Air Force motto, "Integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do" never left my soul. It is still the basis of my work ethic.